I have come to realize I experience gratitude as a declaration of wholeness.
The poet, David Whyte, writes:
Gratitude is not a passive response to something given to us. Gratitude is being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not something that is shown after the event. It is the deep, a priori state of attention that shows we understand and are equal to the gifted nature of life.
Receiving life through our parents is a movement of gratitude, and a deep reorientation to life. This reorientation through gratitude begins with the recognition that Life itself is a profound gift - the whole of life and each and every moment in life.
It is a blessing you didn't earn, create, or accomplish. It's simply available to you because you are connected to the flow of life. Through receiving life you find your place of belonging. Through belonging to your family you belong to Life.
Gratitude is a stance of the soul, says Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. This resonates strong and true for me.
In fact, gratitude is the ground from which you create the foundation to life and wholeness. It's the fertile soil where you root into the truth of who you are, and how you came to be.
You can cultivate feelings of profound gratitude.
David Whyte says that "Thanksgiving happens when our sense of presence meets all other presences. Being unappreciative means we are simply not paying attention."
We are then wise to wake up and pay attention. Through that I experience Constellations as an extraordinary gratitude practice. When we Constellate, we are fully present to the wholeness of all that is present.
So my friends I wish you a blessed day of Thanksgiving. I am grateful to know and work with you.
It is an honor to be of service in your souls unfolding.
Krista Jarrard, founder Center for Systemic Healing
Krista Jarrard has been a dynamic force as facilitator, trainer and pioneer in the evolution of the Systemic Family Constellation work for over sixteen years. Krista brings a deep intuition and remarkable scope of wisdom to her practice with clients worldwide. Krista is passionate about supporting the current shift in consciousness by working with clients to transform their ener-genetic inheritance of the family linage. She has brought this multi-dimensional healing to clients around the world, and to international communities for awakening. She is the founder of the Center for Systemic Healing, and creator of Healing at The Heart of the Matter Immersion Learning Program.
Krista’s upcoming book “The Radical Act of Inclusion” reveals the secrets to her work with Inclusion.